Friday, June 4, 2021

Epona Made It to Her One Week Birthday & a Prize Arrived!

Epona has officially made it to her one week birthday! Yay! It's no small feat, since the first week of a foal's life is their most vulnerable, and she had to battle record hot temperatures and a trip to the vet with mama. She thrived.

We celebrated by opening them up to the larger pasture for a day of fun.





We've learned a lot. 

1. Super hot temperatures are just as dangerous as super cold temperatures. Epona kept insisting on lying outside, and Cowgirl couldn't get her in the stall, thus, she laid out sweating under the sun until we were able to install gates and get them in. That's the fastest we've ever worked, but we got it done, and she lived through it. They didn't like being locked in for most of two days, but there was no other choice.

2. Foals eat their dam's manure, and that's okay. Shock!

3. It took a while for Epona to respect her mama's wishes. At first, Cowgirl was all doting and nuzzling, like she was just amazed she'd produced a baby--but last night, after another long hot day together, mama got serious about discipline. She kicked out at Epona, and when Epona started to run under her, while she was walking, she just continued walking and Epona had to hurry to escape. I don't know what else she did, but by today, Epona was like a well-trained soldier. She didn't go anywhere without her mama's permission.

One of the first signs I saw that Cowgirl was no longer the doting mama, was coming in to find Epona covered in hay Cowgirl had thrown on her while eating. Epona had become an afterthought to food. In fact, the kick out happened while Cowgirl was eating her grain and Epona was bothering her.

On another note, I received my gift from Shirley for winning her foaling contest!  She said my guess was the closest anyone had ever come to all the details: sorrel filly at 4am on Tumbleweed's birthday. Ha! I'll take it! It was fitting for me to win this one since the prize is a pouch with Beamer on it. This will always be a reminder of the stud who produced my boy.



Thank you, Shirley!

8 comments:

  1. What a super nice prize, so fitting you won on Tweeds bday! Hot temps are definitely dangerous for animals (and people!) young & old. Glad Epona made it through okay, and is listening to mama. Great photos! SO cute of her bedded in the hay. I've always wondered how foals don't end up getting stepped on.

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    1. I know. Isn’t that crazy? I won on T’s birthday. So cool! Yeah, I didn’t know how Cowgirl wasn’t stepping on her legs. I uncovered her to inspect them!

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  2. Glad you finally got the pouch! I'm sure you will find a use for it.
    Yes hot weather can be deadly for foals. When Pistol was born on July 7th it was so hot the first couple of days that I had to soak towels and drape them on him to keep him cool. I think it was over 100 degrees.
    Jayne was the same way, doting mama for about 3 days then it was time to lay down the law.

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    1. Oh, I can’t imagine how scary that was for you with Pistol. It’s almost worse than extreme cold because you’re so helpless against heat. Luckily, the barn stayed relatively okay. I wouldn’t say cool, by any means, but not scorching. I’m sure she would have just stayed out there and died. She was covered in sweat.

      That doting mama thing is funny. You can see it in their eyes—love, love. Then one day, the eyes seem to say, I’m over this!! Where’s your Aunt Foxy? Mama needs a break. Lol. Funny, but true. I found them all huddled together by the fence today, Epona lying on the grass near the other mares, across the fence. Cowgirl is ready to start introducing.

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  3. I’m so glad she made it through the week. Good call to lock them in.

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    1. Yeah, I almost didn’t. I thought Cowgirl would have taken her in, but she was still in doting mama phase and baby was ruling the roost. Not anymore.

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  4. Congratulations on your prize! I’m sure you’ll use it a lot.

    Glad Epona is doing so well. Cowgirl is a good mama. After a few days of doing anything she wanted her baby is now getting the rules laid down. Such beautiful girls!

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    1. Yes, Cowgirl returned to the former version of herself—mean. But her baby is like glue on her side now. She used to run off all the time, Cowgirl frantically chasing her. Those days are done.

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